We’re halfway there, friends.
Well, at least shooting-wise. Let’s not forget the post-production. But still, we’re halfway there. I returned to freezing, snow-suffocated Finland on Saturday, after one and a half month pre-production and shooting phase in Frankfurt. We shot half of Iron Sky there – mostly on-location – during approximately 20 shooting days. We’ve got another 20 to go.
It was the greatest 1,5 months of my life. Now, I feel beat. To sum up with what I learned on the way, I could say: prepare to the unexpected. A director friend of mine told me, when asking about how to prepare for the first big film shoot, that “if something can go wrong, it will”. A very good piece of advice, and I tried to prepare to every possibility. Had I not, we would’ve not finished the shoot. But then there’s the unexpected factor. An actor breaking leg. A snowstorm. A lost car key. All these things can provide massive problems, and there’s no way but to find a creative solution around them. Sometimes, there is one. Sometimes, there is none.
But the film needs to be shot, no matter the obstacles. Luckily, so far there’s always been a solution.
Now I’m enjoying Finland, it’s beautiful winter and Nordic logic, look and feel for the next few weeks, and then – in 28th – I’ll jump on a plane with Samuli and we’ll fly over to Australia to finish the shoot. We should be done by mid February.
Then, it’s up to the post production – Energia’s CGI team, our editor, Laibach and so on – to finish what we started, and deliver a killer of a film. The Director’s Diaries will be silent for the next few weeks, but we’ll be back in front of the camera on the sunny side of the world in January.
Before that, I’d like to take a moment and thank the whole German crew in person, and collectively, for the huge effort you’ve done. The material we’ve shot so far looks breathtaking, and we’re eternally thankful for you all.
Same goes with the fans, investors, Wreckers and everyone who’s helped us to finish the process. Your continuous support is still required for us to be able to finish the shoot and the long post. Thank you all, have a great holidays and awesome new year.
See you all soon!
Timo & the whole Iron Sky team.